Other traumatic events in Baker's life included the deaths from old age of five of his six dogs in the past year. Friends say Baker was an active volunteer at local pet adoptions and was particularly fond of saving black Labradors, of which he had many of his own. The deaths of his dogs was a traumatic experience for him, Ulmer said.
She also said several people who he thought were his close friends had recently told Baker they really didn't like him.
That, combined with suspected drug use, caused Baker to change, she said. Baker talked about smoking marijuana in many of the YouTube videos he apparently posted. Detectives said both marijuana and cocaine were found in Baker's house Sunday.
While these events were happening, Ulmer said Baker told his family and closest friends that he was dedicating the rest of his life to ruining theirs. Ulmer said she called Baker to try and find out what was prompting such a dramatic change. She asked him if it was drugs, which she said angered him.
"Then he said, 'You're dead to me' and he hung up the phone," she said.
Police have been monitoring Baker for several months. He has an extensive online presence, including a personal website with links to multiple Facebook profiles, blogs, Twitter and other sites. His YouTube channel features 170 videos dating back two years, and includes 30-minute tirades with references to drugs, firearms, altercations with neighbors and relatives, and his hopes of stirring up a federal investigation into his past.
In one of the most recent videos, posted to Vimeo, he describes methods of booby-trapping a yard and on another website refers to himself as the “Demon Angel of Honesty” and says he is communicating with God. Baker also says on several of his social media pages that he is running for president of the United States and that God has commanded people to vote for him.
But Ulmer said the dress and other odd behavior is just an act.
"This whole God rampage thing, I mean, he is a devout atheist. I think he's making a mockery of religious folks. I know that he sees himself as god," she said. "He sees himself as smarter than everybody else and he's very manipulative. I think that the only reason this didn't explode is because of his fear of spending a lot of time in prison.
"Absolutely he knew what he was doing, but he has this god complex that he thinks he's just so much smarter than everyone else, that he can outsmart everybody and do what he wants and get away with it," she said.
Now that Baker is in custody, Ulmer said she feels relief — but also sadness.
"It just breaks my heart to see a friend lose it like that," she said.
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